The locker came in last night but I had a nasty bug come on so I didn't do anything last night this morning I felt better so I started on the locker install that part was easy but the axle install was a pain in the!@# The other Day I finished installing the 4" lift so I thought that would make the axle easier to install BOY was I mistaken. I got it all in but one of the axle pivot bolts was to short and Lowe's doesn't sell anything that big so I gotta wait till monday to get a bolt and then I can tighten everything up and wait for the new brake lines and new hubs. Hopefully it will be running again next weekend then I can pursue the owner of that property with any luck I can get permission for the club to use it.
Fastenal has anything you could possibly need for bolts etc and lots more! I bet Harold's place is fun right now with all the rain we've gotten. Any thoughts on going out there? Harold? How's the property?
1966 Bronco 1-ton's, stretched n stuff
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I'm game for a day at harolds that would be nice to try out the new front end and maybe there will be some mud lastt friday was the first mud I got to play in and had bad results I'll be harolds is a blast when it is wet
I am swapping my 89 front clip for the 84 front clip I took off the last B2 donor I bought
Let me start by saying that when I went outside I had every intention on starting my half doors, but when I got outside I figured I would go ahead and trim my fenders like the guy did on BII.org he did a pretty good write up on it so as I started to take the fenders off I started thinking I got this much off whats a few more parts so I decided to go ahead with the gen1 swap. So far I have everything unbolted all the harness taken loose all that remains is drilling out the 20 or so spot welds and then the gen2 clip is off. Now I am not sure how others have done this swap but I am removing the inner fenders from the firewall not just taking the core support. I already have the Gen1 clip ready to go in just waiting on getting the gen2 out. I also started to layout the cuts on the fender cause I am gonna trim them before I install them they will have a pretty wicked cut on them getting rid of a lot of metal. in some of the pictures you will see blue tape I plan on cutting from the tape down meaning after the cut has been made the tape will still be there. I should have it back together by the end of the week I will take notes and pics incase anyone is interested in the swap.
Today I made some good progress I got the gen2 inner fenders and core support removed and got the gen1 put in I still need to finish bolting the inner fenders to the firewall. When i finish bolting the inner fenders on I will need to address the radiator mounts and trim the fenders before i bolt them back in. i didn't take pics of the inners and core support back on because it looks just like the first pics I took if it doesn't rain tomorrow I will finish bolting the inners back in and do the rad supports and start securing the harness back in place I figure i still have another couple of days and the conversion will be complete.If you do this swap the way I am by swapping inners it is pretty straight forward the biggest pain in the ass is the fact that you have to drill out about 50 spot welds and that is no exageration. here are some pics of all the sheet metal removed from the front.
I didn't get to work on the truck yesterday but today I got off work early and started in on reassembling the front end. I got the inner fenders bolted in and then I took the plastic wheelwells and trimed those and bent them up and screwed the trimmings to the inner fender I will get pics tomorrow cause that is a bit hard to imagine. I had to get the radiator supports relocated for the 4.0L radiator, and then mount the trans cooler I got the cooler plumbed and the radiator all hooked back up. I got all the wires put back where they belong and noticed something cool about all the lights up front on each side of the truck there is a total of 3 light sockets 1 is the head light 1 is the front turn signal and 1 is the side marker light out of the 3 the only rewire i need to do is the head light the plugs don't match up but the other 2 the sockets from the second gen lights will twist in to the gen1 light housings this is cool because now I don't have to rewire all of the lights. I found that i am gonna have to adjust the amount of sheetmetal that I am planning on trimming so it doesn't look stupid if I trim it as much as I had originally planned you will see some of the core support and I don't want that. all I have left is to FINISH hahahaha
If the 2nd gen headlights are the ones you replace only the bulb in, I would have opted for the replacement 1st gen reflector housings and you could have just put those bulbs right in. I'll have to find a link for what I'm talking about, but if memory serves, I believe www.lmctruck.com has the conversion kit I am talking about. Much brighter light than any standard halogen replacement and you'd only have to worry if you busted the reflector housing.... otherwise, it's just pop out the bulb and replace. Just my opinion and thoughts.... not sure of your reasoning behind doing a 1st gen front clip swap.... but whatever works! Can't wait to see the end result!
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reasoning= I hate the second gen front end it looks like a mini van to me I like the look of the first gen better I know at one point you said that i have more clearance for tires with the second gen but that isn't anything a sawzall can't fix and I will look into the light conversion
I put another 5 hours in today and I am pretty much finished all I am lacking now is 1 spring for the passenger side head light and some coolant. Oh yeah and to fix the harness that I hit with my sawzall I cut through like 3 wires in the bundle so I threw my hands up and said I need a break. anyways here are the pics here is a pic of how I screwed the plastic wheel well to the inner fender
this is one showing how I mounted the trans cooler
this one shows how much clearance I have since I trimmed the fender
this one shows how I trimmed the lower trim to match the fender
this one is just a pic of the front you can see that i don't have the headlight in cause I seem to have lost it .
I plan on going to the parts store to get the spring and coolant later on. I still need to finish the bumper and rewire the on board air and while I am at it I am gonna go ahead and wire up the lights that sit under the rear bumper.
I hope that I don't need to trim more in the front but if I do I guess I will just loose the piece under the grill and move the turnsignals to the bumper . Now the rear I know I need to trim alot back there but that is gonna get into the wheel well which leads to my kids so I gotta put some thought in to this plus the rear rides low anyways so I am gonna get some belltech chevy drop shackles they will lift the rear about an inch and a half to two inches plus a 2 inch trim should do ok I needed to trim the rears even to run the 32's that I have now cause I have lines cut on the side of the tires where the fender is cutting the tires
this is what I have been working on for the last few days
I ended up using a axle shaft for the mount I sleeved it with 1.5 inch DOM and welded it all up and made a kicker for support. Here are the pics of the "lock" that I decided to use all it is is a 5/8"x5" grade 8 bolt sleeved with 1/2"pipe and then I added a handle so you don't need a wrench to get it off.
as far as how I mounted the hilift I drilled 2 7/16" holes and ground the bolts down a bit and hammered them into the holes and welded them around the bottom and then used the wing nuts and plates off of my original mount.
Well here lately I have been keeping a steady stream of mods going on my BroncoII and from the looks of it there will be no slack in projects anytime soon. In the last few weeks I have noticed that my trans and motor have been loosing power so I am in the process of gathering all the parts needed to swap in the 4L that I have sitting in the back yard I am looking for a 5spped tranny and the clutch pedal and new clutch and then I will install it all. saturday I made it out to PNP and found a manual explorer transfer case, these are hard to find. Today I bought another 8.8" rear out of a '95 explorer that has disc brakes so that will be replacing my current 8.8 drum axle. So I may miss a few events over the next few months.
Well unfortunatley they only had the m5odr1 and they only had 1 of them so that is what I got it is already geared lower than the a4ld so it will be better than what I have. I got tranny,flywheel,block plate,shifter,starter,abunch of fuses,and the diverter valve for the coolant all for $103 not bad plus I can take the old tranny and the old starter back and get $25 back for core charges. I am going to pressure wash the tranny and seperate may 4.0 from the a4ld and get my clutch and put it all back together today I will probably start to strip the inside of my truck this week and maybe get the motor and tranny swapped next weekend